Some women are blessed with an uneventful first trimester. But around 85% of women will suffer from morning sickness. And for around 65% of those, it will result in regular vomiting. It’s not entirely known why ‘morning’ sickness happens, but the surge in hormones and heightened senses likely play a role. Whilst there are many morning sickness remedies, what works for one may not work for all.
At a time when all you can think about is nourishing the small life growing inside you, it can be upsetting when you can’t keep anything down. The first thing you need to remember that it isn’t your fault! It happens to so many women, so you shouldn’t feel alone in this. The second thing to remember is that there is no universal fix for morning sickness.
Everyone will recommend ginger (ginger tea, ginger biscuits, ginger ale) and this might work for some, but it could also send you running to the bathroom.
When I faced morning sickness, I found that everyone’s helpful advice did nothing but anger me. When the usual methods didn’t work, I felt like I was doing something wrong. This is why I devised my own plan for beating morning sickness…
Morning sickness remedies to try:
Ditch your three square meals
If you’re used to eating three meals per day, you may need to adjust meal times while you get through this stage in your pregnancy. You will be more sensitive to smells and textures, and too much of anything might be enough to send you running to the bathroom.
Instead, focus on getting 5-6 small meals per day. It’s impossible to say what you should be eating, as your tastes can change one day to the next. One day you might only be able to stomach rice pudding, and the next day it will be on the no-go list. Keep your kitchen stocked with healthy and easy to grab snacks so if one snack fails you, you always have a back-up.
Try light exercise
The thing that no one tells you about morning sickness is that it is rarely limited to the morning. Anyone who has suffered from morning sickness will tell you that the name really doesn’t fit the condition. It can strike at any time of the day or night, so you might be reluctant to leave your house (or even your bed).
Fight the urge to hibernate and try to get some light exercise every day, even if you only make it around the block. The fresh air will help your nausea and can stimulate your appetite. It will also help you to sleep at night. Exercise was the only thing that allowed me to create some sense of a routine.
Avoid strong smells
It isn’t only food smells which can trigger your nausea. Strong perfume, cleaning supplies, and cigarette smoke can all be to blame. Try to pass the cooking duties to someone else while you are feeling unwell and keep windows open to minimise the build-up of cooking smells.
I couldn’t stop my family from enjoying their usual foods, so I devised a way to mask the smell during their meal times. Try putting a few drops of mint essential oil on a cotton ball and hold it under your nose. This is also a lifesaver when you’re out in public.
Try alternative methods
Pre-pregnancy, you might reach for a health product such as CBD oil or some other natural remedy to deal with nausea. But with a baby on board, these remedies could interact with your pregnancy vitamins. This is why many parents turn to alternative methods to soothe their nausea.
I found that acupressure bands for motion sickness helped to minimise my nausea. Other parents have told me they tried aromatherapy, acupuncture and even hypnosis. You might need to try a few methods before you find something that works for you, but keep going! The good news is that morning sickness usually subsides by week 11, so you won’t be suffering for too long. If it persists or you find yourself struggling to keep anything down even water, seek advice from your doctor.